There’s something we all love when we grab a bargain. And why not? I mean, who doesn’t want to purchase a product whilst saving the pennies!? So in this post, I want to share with you my top tips to shop savvy via sample sales and warehouse clearances and save up to 80% off retail prices.
I’d like to think that we have all tried the typical sale route. The 6am sale queue outside Next, thinking to yourself ‘I’m never doing this again!’. The endless queues outside stores on boxing day. Or maybe even on the sofa in your pyjamas with the laptop in tow- tapping the refresh button as all the websites crash when the sales like Black Friday launch. But I am here to show you that with a little more research you could save a ton of money. Even with designer brands in the interiors and lifestyle world.
SIGN UP TO THE LEADING NATIONAL SAMPLE SALE ORGANISERS & VENUES:
You will find a mixture of high street and high end interiors and lifestyle stores that have sample sales in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow to name a few. My top tip is to sign up to these websites with an email account linked to your mobile device. You can choose between daily and weekly updates sent straight to your inbox of upcoming sample sales. Sample sales can vary from being organised a good month or so in advance to literally a weeks notice or less. You may need to be ready to pounce!
SIGN UP TO YOUR FAVOURITE BRANDS NEWSLETTERS:
Now has anyone else noticed of late that whenever you make a purchase in store now, the cashier asks you for your email? Indeed, these companies are data capturing. They are wanting to obtain your email address to add you to their distribution list.
But for the savvy shopper this is actually only a good thing. Because if you haven’t already signed up to your favourite brand’s newsletters, you are missing out on big savings and potentially upcoming warehouse clearances. Interior brands have bigger savings due to the price points. For example, great brands such as Graham & Green and Swoon Editions have regular warehouse clearances of stock with up to 50 or 80% off the retail price. But not many people seem to know about these sales. Brands don’t plough money into advertising campaigns informing people that they are selling even the current seasons stock for a lot less than in store. So it’s those shoppers that are signed up to newsletters and following brand’s twitter handles that will be the only ones aware of these sales. Make sure you are not missing out!
Graham & Green Warehouse Sale 2016
Now for the boring but very useful snippet…
KEY INFORMATION FOR SAMPLE SALES:
Before attending sample sales, there’s a few things you need to know.
- There is normally a no returns policy if you buy the wrong size or colour but your legal rights apply if it’s faulty (see Consumer Rights).
- Quality may not be perfect – so make sure you inspect before you buy!
- You may be required to pay a small entrance fee- this information should be available on the website before you attend.
- It’s luck of the draw- I tend to check google images or Instagram hashtags for past sample sales for the specific brand so I can get a feel of what may be on offer.
- You may need to queue to get in- my advice is go early in the morning on the first and/or second day. Samples sales normally last for 2 days and the stock is fully replenished the morning of day 2 and sometimes held back deliberately so you should not miss out on a thing.
Below are some recently held sample sales and warehouse clearances to give you an idea of what you’re missing out on…!
SWOON EDITIONS – WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE
Over 700 designs at up to 50% off
MARGO SELBY – SAMPLE SALE
Fabrics, cushions, soft furnishings and so much more for a faction of the price
ORLA KIELY – SAMPLE SALE
A warehouse clearance sale. Expect products featuring Orla Kiely’s iconic bold colours and patterns at a fraction of the price
LSA INTERNAIONAL – SAMPLE SALE
A selection of glassware and porcelain featuring vases and ornaments.
A selection of Womanswear, Menswear, Kidswear, Homeware, Sleepwear & Stationery
And can we just appreciate this gorgeous electronic invitation I was sent for the Monica Vinader sample sale. Who said sample sales were boring when invitations are this pretty!?
A selection of bracelets, necklaces, rings and much more will be available.
I have only picked a few sample sales to show what great brands are offering these kinds of sales and bargains. So what are you waiting for? Go and start saving your pennies today and shop savvy!
If you liked this post, please pop a comment below; and if you know of any other sample sale and warehouse clearance sites that I’m missing out on, then please do let me know!